On a recent Edgewise Podcast from American Management Association, Dennis N.T. Perkins, author, with Jillian Murphy, of Into the Storm: Lessons in Teamwork from the Treacherous Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race shared his thoughts on adapting lessons from a dangerous sea adventure to the business world.
Dennis Perkins recalls the story of the AFR Midnight Rambler in the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race. This race was the most perilous to date as a sudden storm stuck and took the lives of six sailors on the Rambler. However, the other 55 sailors were rescued resulting in the largest search and rescue mission in Australian history. The AFR Midnight Rambler was not the biggest or the most well-equipped ship but due to its unified crew it found a way not only to overcome the horrible storm but also to win the overall race. These skills translate to the business world as well. Even in the worst of situations whether your business is facing a massive change or you’re in a race staring down a major storm, a unified team can just pull of the seemingly impossible.
Dennis N.T. Perkins is the author, with Jillian B. Murphy, of Into the Storm: Lessons in Teamwork from the Treacherous Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race and Leading at The Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition. He is CEO of The Syncretics Group, a consulting firm devoted to effective leadership and teamwork under conditions of uncertainty, adversity and change.